Plan a Visit

Welcome to Shedd Aquarium! We can't wait for you to meet 32,000 amazing animals and explore the world’s oceans, rivers and reefs — right in the heart of Chicago.

The best Shedd visit begins online, not in line. We offer three easy ways to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid a long wait:

Other ticket packages are available on site. Quantities are limited and may sell out.


Winter (Labor Day-Memorial Day)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special hours
3/21 - 3/31 - 6 p.m. close
4/1 - 4/12 - 6 p.m. close

Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Every day: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.

Getting here

Walk, drive, or take the bus—let’s find the best route for you.

Calendar of Events

Check our calendar so you don't miss exciting upcoming programs and events.

Field trips & groups

Give your school or community group an unforgettable experience. Plan your field trip today!

Special offers

You’ll find ways to save and other offers here.

Tips for a great visit

Make the most of your trip with our tips for a great visit!


Help us keep Shedd safe for our guests and animals — review our policies before you arrive.

Contact info

Need more information? Send us an email or give us a call at 312-939-2438. We're happy to help!

Plan a private event

Host an unforgettable event in an incomparable setting. Learn more about our stunning spaces and catering services. 


Adult $96 Child $79

Save 50% off Chicago’s 5 best attractions, plus bypass the main ticket line. Chicago CityPASS includes priority entry to Shedd Aquarium, including all exhibits and a special FX 4-D Experience. Ask us onsite about adding the aquatic show to your visit! Valid 9-days.

Extraordinary Experiences

Price varies by experience.

Meet a penguin, touch a beluga whale, become a trainer for a day or take a tour behind the scenes of Shedd.

Express Pass

Adult $54.95 Child $45.95

The Express Pass allows you to bypass the ticket line and begin your visit. The pass, sold for same-day admission, includes everything Shedd has to offer, including the aquatic show and a 4-D Experience.

Total Experience Pass - Online Savings

Adult $39.95 Child $30.95
Save $2 per ticket when you buy online* - Adult $37.95 Child $28.95

*Must purchase a minimum of one day in advance for online savings

The best value to see everything Shedd has to offer! Select your show times and plan your day in advance. The Total Experience Pass includes access to all of Shedd’s exhibits and experiences, including the aquatic show and a 4-D Experience. For best availability, we recommend you plan at least 5 days in advance.


Membership packages start at $75 each year.

Support Shedd and enjoy unlimited admission to the aquarium year-round.

Go Chicago Card

Prices vary.

Save up to 55% on Chicago’s top attractions. With the Go Chicago Card choose from more than 26 attractions, museums and tours in Chicago for one low price. This pass is now available for instant delivery, and you can skip the line at Shedd (and many other attractions, too). Add Shedd's aquatic show for $2 a person (available at Shedd box office only).

Other ticket packages may be available onsite.